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October 26, 2013

Business group conducting logo contest

The Daily Star

---- — A recently established group of New Lisbon business owners is sponsoring a logo contest to help “brand” the town. 

The New Lisbon Business RoundTable, which was recently founded to help new and existing businesses in the town, is seeking logo designs that can be used to promote the town as a place to live and do business. 

According to a media release from the RoundTable, the logo should be eye-catching and clear, even at small sizes. Color designs should also be able to be used in black-and-white. The logo should portray attractive features of the town of New Lisbon and/or the Butternut Valley, and may not incorporate any copyrighted material or images that have previously been published. Electronic files (.jpg or .gif) are preferred, but hand-drawn submissions on 8½-by-11-inch paper will also be accepted. 

Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams to Charlene Wells at or by mail to 829 County Highway 16, Garrattsville, NY 13342. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Winners will be announced on the town’s website and Facebook page. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for use at a business owned by a New Lisbon resident. Second- and third-place winners will receive $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively. 


JCPenney stores, including the Oneonta location, will offer Halloween activities on Saturday. Children in costume are invited to come to JCPenney for trick-or-treating, and the in-store salon will offer free hair chalking and free Halloween-themed nail appliques. 

The event coincides with JCPenney’s “Monster Sale.” More information is available online at  


Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Farm Cideries bill into law on Oct. 17, establishing a new license for farm cideries similar to those available to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries. The legislation coincided with the launch of CiderWeek NY, featuring events promoting New York ciders, which runs through Sunday. More information is available at

The Farm Cideries bill authorizes the establishment and licensure of farm cideries for the manufacture and sale of cider made from crops grown in New York State and would exclude licensed farm cideries from the sales tax information return filing requirements. In order to obtain a farm cidery license, the hard cider must be made exclusively from apples grown in New York state and no more than 150,000 gallons may be produced annually. The law will take effect 90 days after the date of signing. 

Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau, hailed the law, saying, “The new Farm Cidery License is a boost for our local orchards and cider makers who are looking to diversify and offer value added products to consumers. It is an exciting time to be a New York farmer, and New York Farm Bureau thanks Gov. Cuomo for providing additional market opportunities for the state’s outstanding apple orchards.”


Jason King from Springer’s Inc. of Oneonta recently attended Kubota Tractor Corp.’s 2013 National Dealer Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., joining more than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country for an exclusive first look at the latest Kubota product introductions and innovations. The meeting highlighted a variety of Kubota products and included field demonstrations and classroom sessions for dealers. ... Kevin Gregory of Oneonta was recently named manager of the AT&T wireless store on state Route 23 in Oneonta. An Oneonta resident, Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from SUNY Oneonta. “I’m proud to be serving the community with a team of seasoned sales professionals who provide customers with a top-notch store experience and technical support,” Gregory said in a media release.